Archives for November 2014

Perkins School of Theology waives application fee as degree offerings expand

Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, is waiving the usual $50 application fee for prospective students through March 1, 2015.

New perspective on Missouri camp closings

More financial information comes to light on Eremitic Musing’s website, suggesting alternative options in the closing of the 4 Missouri UMC camps.

Marriott Hotel and Office Tower Planned on Former UMPH Site

According the the Tennessean reported today, the new owners plan to break ground in the summer of 2017 on a 35 story office building. Speculation plans had been that condos would be built in place of the former UMPH building.

Gay marriage hits major bump in federal appeals court

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer, both for their leaders and for one another.

Commentary: When Praise and Participation Embrace

Praise and participation belong together. They unite in a new reality. A social creed is not an agenda slipped into worship, and we are not to separate worship from action.

Brittany Maynard’s death: Does suffering have spiritual meaning?

When Brittany Maynard became the youthful face of the right-to-die movement, she brought to the public table several fierce debates.

Commentary: Time for United Methodists to move forward

While renegade ministers may win praise from a few non-Christians for validating sexual sin (homosexual or heterosexual), this misleads and spiritually harms precious human beings to whom the church should have been ministering in a compassionate, uncompromising, redemptive, and authentically Christian way.

Pastor who took a bullet paves her own way to Ferguson’s frontline

In early August, four days after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson, Lamkin, a pastor, she stood with Ferguson protesters, attempting to mediate.